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William Tong

New Judiciary Committee Chair Has Background in Restaurants, Commercial Litigation

By Christian Nolan |

After humble beginnings, William Tong's life has been a series of accomplishments.

Jury Awards $7 Million to Former Boy Scout Who Alleged Sex Abuse

By Christian Nolan |

A jury in Waterbury has awarded $7 million to a former Connecticut Boy Scout who claims he was sexually abused by his troop leader and an older scout in the mid-1970s.

Gun Rights Advocates Take Aim at Conn. Law in Second Circuit Arguments

By Mark Hamblett |

Restrictions on assault weapons and ammunition magazines in New York and Connecticut were attacked by an attorney for gun users on Tuesday as ill-considered encroachments on Second Amendment rights.

Eric Stockman

Hospital, Doctor Prevail Against $7 Million Wrongful Death Claim

By Christian Nolan |

A Stamford jury has rendered a defense verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Stamford Hospital and one of its doctors after a 44-year-old man died of a bacterial infection. The plaintiffs had sought $7 million in damages.


Mark Dubois: Be Careful About Threatenting to Grieve Another Lawyer

By Mark Dubois |

Occasionally, I get a call from a lawyer stating that an opponent has threatened, either explicitly or implicitly, that if a matter involving a claim against an attorney is not resolved quickly, the client may feel it necessary to file a criminal or grievance complaint.

Updated: Plaintiffs' Attorneys Explain Legal Basis for Newtown Suit

By Jay Stapleton |

The decision to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle that gunman Adam Lanza used to kill 26 children and teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School was made after a careful review of the legal issues by the plaintiff's lawyers.


Norm Pattis: Newtown Lawsuit Based on Tortured Legal Theory

By Norm Pattis |

Word on the street is that Koskoff, Koskoff & Beider is so wealthy the law firm weighs, rather than counts, its money. I hope that's true, because the fight the firm just picked against Bushmaster and others is going to cost plenty to litigate.

Divorce Lawyer Gets Probation After Breaking Into Home

By Jay Stapleton |

A well-known divorce practitioner from Danielson has been sentenced to probation for breaking into her dead parents' home and trying to take items without the permission of other relatives who were beneficiaries of their estate.

Attorney Accused of Stealing $600,000 From Cancer Patient and Other Clients

By Paul Sussman |

Attorney Stephen Krawitz represented a Trumbull woman in a personal injury case in state courts and did not give her the $100,000 personal injury award. He faces Connecticut charges of first-degree larceny and practicing law without a license.

Court Says Conn. Workers With ‘Perceived Disabilities’ Can File Bias Claims

By Christian Nolan |

Until now, only people with actual disabilities could claim they were discriminated against in Connecticut.


Norm Pattis: Decision Not to Indict Cop Was Correct

By Norm Pattis |

I've managed to offend my friends and delight my critics by asserting that the Staten Island grand jury was correct not to indict New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the killing of Eric Garner.

Former Medical Marijuana Executive Files Lawsuit Over Termination

By Jay Stapleton |

Konieczky claims she was 'abruptly and improperly terminated' for what she considers 'trumped up reasons.' Those reasons, the lawsuit suggests, were based 'on the ridiculous grounds that she did not properly greet defendant Birnbaum during an industry trade group meeting.'

Updated: Newtown Families' Lawsuit Names Gun Maker, Seller

By Jay Stapleton |

The parents of some of the children killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting.

Former U.S. Attorney Resigns Law License Amid Financial Probe

By Associated Press |

A former U.S. attorney has resigned his Connecticut law practice amid an unspecified investigation involving client funds.

Newtown Families Announce Lawsuit Against Gunmaker


The parents of some of the children killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Editorial: Judge Offers Powerful Rebuke to Same-Sex Marriage Bans

Most of us love a quotable decision that is straight and to the point. Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit gave us just that in his opinion for a unanimous three-judge panel in Baskin vs Bogan upholding a district court ruling striking down same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin.

H. James Pickerstein

Updated: Colleagues Express Sadness, Shock Over Allegations Against Former Prosecutor

By Jay Stapleton |

As a federal prosecutor for 16 years, H. James Pickerstein took down drug dealers, corrupt government officials and Hells Angels gang members. He even ran the U.S. attorney's office for a time.

Knife-Carrying Vet Protected by Second Amendment

By Christian Nolan |

In a victory for Second Amendment advocates, the Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a former Army medic who served 15 months in prison for transporting a dagger-style knife and police baton in his vehicle during a move to another state.

Governor's Lawyer Lands New Job With Major Firm

By Jay Stapleton |

Luke Bronin, who has been Gov. Dannel Malloy's top legal advisor for nearly two years, will join the Hartford office of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder in January.

Steven Errante

Tree-Cutting Mishap Results in $1 Million Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

A man who fell 25 feet or more from a ladder while trying to trim tree branches, shattering vertebrae in his back, has recovered $1 million from the people who asked him to do the work.

Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: A Troubling Proposal for Changing Israeli Law

By Dan Krisch |

The Basic Law shields all Israelis, Jew and Arab alike. It does not ask your religion before deciding whether your 'life, body and dignity' and your 'privacy and intimacy' deserve protection.

Paul Slager and Jennifer Goldstein

Conn. Sex Abuse Case Puts Spotlight on Boy Scouts' 'Confidential Files'

By Christian Nolan |

Dozens of civil lawsuits are pending against the Boy Scouts of America across the country, many of them alleging sexual abuse by scout leaders decades ago. Few such cases have gone to trial before a jury.

Editorial: Judge Rightly Acknowledges Error in Voter ID Case

Judge Richard Posner has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse his own original decision in the landmark case of Crawford v. Marion County Election Board.

Conn. Firm Bolsters Insurance Practice with Former Bingham Partner

By Jay Stapleton |

The merger between Bingham McCutchen and a Philadelphia-based firm continues to make ripples in the Connecticut legal market, as a former Bingham partner is joining Robinson & Cole.

Court Says Police Officer Shouldn't Be Fired for Lying to Doctor

By Christian Nolan |

Connecticut's highest court has ruled that a Stratford police officer who was fired for lying should get his job back. The decision overturns an Appellate Court ruling from 2013 that cited public policy reasons for why the officer's termination was justified.

Editorial: Supreme Court Should Take Up Prior Restraint Case

It is not yet clear whether the Connecticut Supreme Court will examine the extraordinary prior restraint case that arose in Superior Court Judge Stephen Frazzini's New Britain courtroom Nov. 24.

Large Conn. Firm Adds Partners to Trust and Estates Practice

By Jay Stapleton |

Day Pitney has elevated seven attorneys to partner. It's the second big personnel move for the 300-lawyer firm in recent weeks, as Day Pitney also added four attorneys from Bingham McCutchen.

Law Tribune Seeks Entries for Litigation Departments of the Year Awards

The Connecticut Law Tribune is seeking nominations for its annual Litigation Departments of the Year awards.


Gideon: Police Dishonesty Has Pushed America to a Flashpoint

By Gideon |

There is a crisis of faith in America. A crisis that exposes the deep chasms that exist in our society.

Newtown Families File Notice of Possible Lawsuits

By Law Tribune Staff and Wire Reports |

The parents of some children killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting have filed court documents indicating they plan to file wrongful death lawsuits, but it's not clear who would be sued.


Mark Dubois: Study Reveals Why People Don't Use Lawyers

By Mark Dubois |

The American Bar Foundation just published a provocative study which may answer one of the most troubling questions those of us who worry about courts and justice wrestle with: why do so many people not use lawyers for really serious problems?

Carey Reilly

Supreme Court Gives Edge to Plaintiffs in Med-Mal Cases

By Christian Nolan |

Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers have received some guidance from the state Supreme Court.

Second Circuit Overturns Conn. Insider Trading Convictions

By Associated Press |

A federal appeals court has dealt a blow to the government's ability to pursue insider-trading prosecutions by reversing two convictions of two high level investors whose companies were based in Connecticut.

Luke Bronin

Governor's Top Legal Adviser Will Leave Post

By Jay Stapleton |

Attorney Luke Bronin has spent time in Washington, D.C., as an official in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He's spent the past two years as general counsel to Gov. Dannel Malloy. So it's no surprise that his future might continue to lie in politics.

Conn. Court Rules Knife-Carrying Veteran Protected by Second Amendment

By Christian Nolan |

In a victory for Second Amendment advocates, the state Supreme Court has acquitted a former Army medic who was sentenced to 15 months in prison for transporting a knife and police baton in his vehicle during a move out of state.

UConn Launches Master's Programs in Human Rights and Environmental Law

By David Bauman |

The University of Connecticut School of Law has created two new master's degree programs, one in human rights and social justice and the other in energy and environmental law.

Merger Fallout Enables Day Pitney to Add Four Partners

By Jay Stapleton |

As the dust settles from several large law firm mergers, one Connecticut beneficiary has emerged with the acquisition of four new partners.

UConn Ordered to Give PETA Animal Research Information

By Associated Press |

A judge has ordered the University of Connecticut Health Center to disclose the names of researchers who were found to have violated federal guidelines for treating animals.

Parties Urge Supreme Court to Hear Prior Restraint Case

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Lawyers for the Connecticut Law Tribune and a divorcing mother seeking to prevent the newspaper from publishing an article about her custody fight filed briefs urging the Connecticut Supreme Court to hear the case.

Internet Use Can Reduce Mass-Tort Litigation Difficulties

By Jonathan Bick |

Internet use normally increases product liability by escalating product use by nontraditional users. Nontraditional product users are more likely to be harmed by products than traditional product users, who have benefited from formal or informal use and training.

State to Collect $223,000 in Satellite Radio Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

Satellite radio provider Sirius XM has agreed to pay nearly $4 million as part of a settlement with 45 states and the District of Columbia to resolve allegations that it used deceptive billing practices with its customers.

Governor's Top Legal Adviser To Step Down

By Jay Stapleton |

Luke Bronin, who serves as general counsel to Gov. Dannel Malloy, will step down from that post next month.

Legal Aid Agency Marks 50 Years of Important Cases, Colorful Personalities

By Christian Nolan |

When the New Haven Legal Assistance Association was launched 50 years ago, it was met with a strong degree of skepticism from the Connecticut bar.

ACLU of Connecticut Hires Former Pa. Cabinet Official

By Jay Stapleton |

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut has selected a former state cabinet official with a long history of working for human rights to be its new executive-director.

Updated: Former U.S. Attorney Resigns Law License Amid Financial Probe

By Jay Stapleton |

A former U.S. attorney has resigned his Connecticut law practice amid an unspecified investigation involving client funds.

Ira Mayo

Torrington Attorney Gets Additional License Suspension

By Christian Nolan |

A Torrington attorney who has been repeatedly accused of inappropriate conduct with female clients has had his law license suspended one year and one day by disciplinary officials. Ira Mayo had already been serving a separate four-month suspension.


Product Liability & Toxic Tort

A burning issue: ruling in car fire case likely to have long-lasting impact, E-commerce may increase exposure – can work in manufacturers' favor, and proposed rule changes could allow corporations to hide evidence. These topics are discussed in the product liability and toxic tort special section.

Former DCF Worker Challenges Firing After Baby's Death

By Christian Nolan |

The union representing a former Department of Children and Families employee who was charged with manslaughter in the death of a foster child, but later acquitted, is challenging an arbitrator's ruling that upheld DCF's decision to terminate the woman.

Dan Klau at New Britain Courthouse — being interviewed by Courant reporter Alaine Griffin.

Supreme Court Review Sought in Prior Restraint Case

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

A lawyer for a divorcing mother has asked the state Supreme Court to review a judge's ruling that lifted a prior restraining order that barred the Connecticut Law Tribune from writing about a child custody case.

Editorial: Lawyers in Crisis Should Seek Light in the Darkness

For many of us in the legal community, the demands and responsibilities of clients, court appearances and the endless pressure of the bottom line create stress that can be difficult to surmount.

Eric Niederer

Burning Car Case Leads to Ruling on Pleadings

By Eric Niederer |

A recent decision handed down by the Connecticut Supreme Court may significantly affect the way some product liability lawsuits are litigated in the future.

Brendan Faulkner and Michael A. D'Amico

Broad Civil Discovery Protects Us From Deadly Products

By Brendan Faulkner and Michael A. D'Amico |

Takata, the supplier of millions of defective air bags that are prone to fragment and send shards of metal flying through the cabin of the cars in which they are installed, recently denied a report that it had carried out secret tests (after normal work hours, and on weekends and holidays) on this defect and covered up the results.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Inside the Alternative Dispute Resolution special section: Improved arbitration procedures can eliminate confusion, empathy in mediation, techniques to jump-start negotiations, agencies bridging the gap between state and private programs, correcting common misconceptions, and much more.

Jane Beddall

Correcting a Few Common Misconceptions

By Jane Beddall |

Some attorneys—and clients—are sophisticated users of alternative dispute resolution who have mastered all the options and nuances. Beyond those two groups are attorneys and clients whose understanding of ADR is on shakier ground, perhaps based on vague memories from law school, news items about sports or high-profile diplomatic efforts, casual conversations or one legal matter handled years ago.

Peter Benner

Better Results at Lower Costs in Business Disputes

By Peter W. Benner |

Two recent contributions to the dispute resolution field are reinforcing awareness of, and offering tools for, early and more favorable resolution of business disputes.

Elaine Gordon

Empathy in Mediation: Listening Between the Lines

By Elaine Gordon |

Like it or not, mediation is a lot more than finding the range for settlement and calculating the midpoint. Most often, emotions play a central role in successful settlement.

Jay Sandak

Mediators Should Ask: How Are We Doing?

By Jay H. Sandak |

In January 2006, the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution formed the Task Force on Improving Mediation Quality to investigate what factors define a "high quality" mediation practice.

Lynda Munro

An Alternative to Contentious Family Law Litigation

By Lynda B. Munro |

Both mediation and arbitration offer effective alternatives to contentious and protracted litigation of family matters. Each process provides counsel an opportunity to guide their clients to a forum for resolution of their financial and custodial issues, whether pendente lite, at trial or postjudgment.

Harry Mazadoorian

The Case for a Statewide Office of Dispute Resolution

By Harry Mazadoorian |

It seems to me that every time I open a newspaper I read about a major public dispute, often involving Connecticut governmental or quasi-governmental entities.

Robert Holzberg

It's 5 O'Clock and the Whistle Blows

By Robert Holzberg |

As advocates and mediators, we've all been there. It is late in the day, the parties are checking their watches, counsel are gathering their papers and the mood in the room is darkening. Is it time to pack up and get ready for tomorrow's case, or time for a "reset" in an attempt to resolve the outstanding issues?

Stewart Edelstein

The Best Strategies for Choosing Arbitrators

By Stewart Edelstein |

Crucial to the effectiveness and outcome of any arbitration is arbitrator selection. That selection is one of the significant benefits of arbitration, unlike litigation, in which you are at the whim of the luck of the draw.

Beverly Hodgson

A Wish List for Saving Time and Money

By Beverly J. Hodgson |

Arbitration can be great. When it works as it should, it's faster, more efficient and less expensive than litigation. But there are still pockets of frustration and inefficiency in the way arbitrations are conducted, and even some situations in which the arbitration rules work less well than court rules.

Eric Wiechmann

The Pillars of a Productive Mediation

By Eric W. Wiechmann |

All too often, adversaries that try to mediate disputes walk away disappointed. In many cases, their frustration is caused by a lack of understanding of how successful mediation works, beginning with the development of a proper mindset.

Joseph Garrison and Jonathan Silbert

Thoughts on Mediating Employment Cases

By Joseph D. Garrison and Jonathan E. Silbert |

Employers and employees increasingly are finding mediation to be a civilized, effective way of resolving disputes. As in all mediations, success in employment cases depends on all parties arriving at a shared recognition of the risks—and costs—of litigation.